La. Bureau of EMS, Nancy Bourgeois Lifetime Achievement Award


The La. Association of

National Registry Emergency

Medical Technicians hosted

their annual conference for

the first time in Natchitoches

at Chateau Saint Denis June 8-

9. During the conference, several

awards were presented to

individuals voted on by their

peers. Local paramedic

Breelin Johnson was awarded

the first ever “Louisiana

Bureau of EMS, Nancy

Bourgeois Lifetime

Achievement Award.”

Johnson said he was nominated

by the Bureau and his

peers and was chosen among

the 20,000 eligible EMTs and

paramedics in the state to

receive the award named for

the former state EMS director.

Johnson has been involved

in EMS for 37 years and served

over 29 as an employee of

Natchitoches Parish EMS. He

served 17 years as Director of

Ambulance Services and was

instrumental in establishing

paramedics at the ambulance

service as well as the visual

appearance of the ambulances

seen today. He currently works

with the DeSoto Parish EMS.

He has served many positions

with the Bureau over his

career including EMS instructor,

Quality Improvement

Monitor, training coordinator

for the state and overseeing

National Registry testing as a

National Registry representative.

He has been a member of

the National Association of

EMS Instructors, Louisiana,

and Natchitoches Association

of Emergency Medical


Johnson formerly served as

an EMT instructor for the

Louisiana Technical Colleges

in Natchitoches and Many.

Locally, Johnson is a Court

Appointed Special Advocate

for children (CASA) and a

member of First Baptist

Church on North Street where

he serves as deacon.

He and his wife, Sandra, a

professor in the nursing program

at NSU, have three

daughters, Kimberly, Whitney

and Courtney and two granddaughters,

Annebelle Rae and

Ava Grace, and one on the way.